Smoking and Tobacco Companies

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Reflective Journal 3 For our third Reflective Journal, we will be analyzing an article that interests us on the dangers of smoking, and reading two articles from the monograph provided, named, “The Role of Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use,” published in Health Volume 98. From the readings, we will comment and discuss whether or not there should be policy regulating tobacco industry advertising. The article chosen for discussion is, “Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation,” published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by CDC.gov, November, 2009. This article explores percentages of cigarette smoking in adults during the period from 1998 to 2008, including their demographics and characteristics. Data was gathered from the 2008 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Smoking population was defined as non-institutionalized adults, eighteen years and older, who reported smoking daily; the demographics of this population were identified as smokers being predominantly male, of American Indian/Alaska Native ethnicity, followed by Black non-Hispanic and White non-Hispanic. Regarding their education, this population shows low educational attainment (GED or high school); the largest age group of twenty-five through forty-four years old was followed closely by the eighteen- through twenty-four-year-old group. The income level of the majority of smokers is found to be just below poverty levels (Dube, Asman, Malarcher, & Carabollo, 2009). Comprehensive campaigns for prevention and education on the dangers of smoking should be targeted toward this younger, low-income population. Education level should also be taken into consideration when instructing on hazards on health and designing smoking cessation programs.
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